HC Deb 20 December 1955 vol 547 cc288-9W
76. Mr. Holman

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the administrative difficulties in remitting Purchase Tax on those goods which were taxed under this present Budget, and tax on which has been abolished or reduced at the committee stage of the Finance Bill.

Mr. R. A. Butler

If the manufacturers and wholesalers concerned had been statutorily relieved of any obligation to pay tax on their sales during the interim period, there would have been no means of ensuring that the benefit of the tax remission was passed on. Arrangements have, however, now been made for the tax on deliveries during the interim period to be remitted administratively in favour of the registered manufacturers and wholesalers but only on condition that they duly pass on the benefit to their customers.

80. Mr. Swingler

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has now replied to the letter of the British Pottery Manufacturers' Federation on the subject of the effect of Purchase Tax on the pottery industry; and in what terms.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Yes. I am sending a copy of my reply to the hon. Member.